WOMENS BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME TO HOST BOSTON UNIVERSITY (JAN. 28)
Boston University holds a slight lead (31-29) in this long series, which dates back to the 1977-78 season. The last Wildcat win against the Terriers came at home on Feb. 24, 2007, which resulted in a 74-66 victory. Boston University has won four of the last five meetings, including a sweep of the season series last year.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY (9-10, 5-2 AE):
Last time out Boston University fell to UMBC 65-63 on Jan. 24 at Case Gymnasium ... The Terriers had three players score in double figures in the contest ... Chantell Alford led the way with 16 points and was followed by Kristen Sims and Caitlynn Moran with 11 and 10 points, respectively ... Alford was named BU's America East Player of the Game, tallying seven boards and two blocks ... The Terriers shot 32.9 percent from the floor and hit a total of 10 3-pointers ... For BU, the loss comes as the team's second in a row ... Prior to the two-game skid, the Terriers opened up conference play with a five-game winning streak ... Boston University is averaging the second most points in the conference, with an average of 66.4 per game ... The Terriers also rank second in the America East in rebounds, pulling in an average of 38.9 per game ... Aly Hinton leads the team with 114 boards, averaging 6.0 per game ... BU also ranks second in the conference in assists, with an average of 12.9 per game ... Moran leads the team with 86 assists this season ... She ranks fourth in the conference in assists per game with an average of 4.5 ... Alford leads the Terriers with an average 15.2 points per game, which ranks second in the conference ... She has won the America East Rookie of the Week five times this year and has taken home the honor in each of the last four weeks.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (7-13, 2-5 AE):
Last time out the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Binghamton University 83-59 on Jan. 24 at the Events Center ... Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) was named America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, notching 12 points, seven boards and two assists … She now has 1,132 points and 618 rebounds in her career and is one of just eight Wildcats all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history … Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) tallied a career-high 12 points and four rebounds in the contest … Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) finished with 10 points and three steals … For UNH, it was first time three Wildcats scored in double digits since Williams (18), Jill McDonald (Middlebury. Vt.) (18) and Wells (12) did so against Louisville on Dec. 22 … Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored eight points in the game, becoming the 15th Wildcat in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau … She is the first Wildcat to notch over 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in program history … Simpson ranks third in the conference in assists, with an average of 5.1 per game this season ... McDonald has now tallied a block in 13 of the last 14 games ... She currently ranks second in the conference in blocks with 38 this season, which is good for an average of 2.1 per game ... The ‘Cats rank second in the conference in blocked shots with 90 ... New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .393 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks fourth in the conference ... In the game prior, the Wildcats earned an 87-77 victory over the University at Albany on Jan. 22 at the SEFCU Arena ... For the Wildcats, it was the second time this season they poured in over 80 points ... It was also the second time UNH shot over 50 percent (57.9; 33-57) from the floor ... Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) led five Wildcats in double figure scoring, netting 17 and 16 points, respectively ... McDonald (14), Williams (12) and Wells (12) rounded out UNH’s double digit scorers ... For New Hampshire, it was the first time five Wildcats registered in double figures since Dec. 20 against Holy Cross ... In that game, Beliveau (20), McDonald (18), Williams (15), Simpson (10) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) (10) all reached double digit scoring ... Beliveau took home America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, finishing with eight rebounds and two steals.
RIGHT ON POINT
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored eight points against Binghamton on Jan. 24, becoming the 15th Wildcat in program history to score 1,000 points in a career. The milestone jumper came with 5:47 left in regulation, giving the all-purpose guard 1,000 points, 307 assists and 116 steals in her UNH career. Simpson’s two best offensive outbursts this season came against Maine on Jan. 12 and UMBC on Jan. 16, when she tallied 21 and 15 points, respectively. Last season she notched a career-high 357 points, averaging 11.5 points per game. In the season prior, she finished with 315 points, with an average of 11.3 points per game.
ALONE AT THE TOP
After tallying her 1,000th point against Binghamton on Jan. 24, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) became the only Wildcat all-time to tally at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals at UNH. For her career, the senior has racked up 1,000 points, 307 assists and 116 steals.
REED IT AND WEEP
Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) has provided a major punch off the bench for the ‘Cats in the last three games, averaging 9.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. In her most recent action against Binghamton on Jan. 24, she torched the nets for a career-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. She also pulled in four rebounds in the contest, coming up just one short of her career high of five, which she achieved against Vermont on Jan. 2. Against then 23rd ranked Syracuse on Dec. 30, she tallied a career-high four assists in 21 minutes of action. On the season, the freshman is shooting an impressive 44.4 percent (12-for-27) from beyond the arc, while shooting 45.3 percent (20-for-46) from the floor.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) tallied 10 points against Binghamton on Jan. 24, marking the third time in the last four games she has scored in double figures. In the game prior against Albany on Jan. 22 she netted 12 points, one shy of her career high, for the fourth time this season. On the season, she has also scored 12 points against UMBC (Jan. 16), Louisville, (Dec. 22) and against St. Joseph's (Nov. 13).
Three Wildcats scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season against Binghamton on Jan. 24. Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) dropped in 12 points apiece, while Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points. The last time the 'Cats had three players score in doubles figures came against Maine on Jan. 12. In that game, Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) led the way with 21 points, while Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Williams tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively.
TORCHING THE NETS
The Wildcats scored over 80 points for the second time this season when they poured in 87 points against Albany on Jan. 22. For UNH, it was also the second time this season it shot over 50 percent, posting a season-high .579 clip from the floor. UNH scored 80 points against Holy Cross on Dec. 20, marking the largest point total the ‘Cats had posted since they notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009. New Hampshire shot an impressive 54.4 percent from the floor against the Crusaders, marking the first time it shot over 50 percent from the floor since Dec. 12, 2007 against Iona (50.0; 30-60).
SETTING NEW HIGHS
Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) set career highs in both points and rebounds against both Dartmouth (Jan. 19) and Albany (Jan. 22). Against the Great Danes she poured in a career-high 16 points along with eight rebounds and two blocks. Against the Big Green she set a career-high with 13 rebounds, adding seven points and two blocks. Prior to her stellar outing against the Big Green, Flynn had reached her previous high of eight rebounds just once against Maryland on Dec. 29, 2007. This season only Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) has pulled in more rebounds in a game than Flynn, as she tallied 14 boards against Harvard on Nov. 24.
New Hampshire drilled eight 3-pointers against Binghamton on Jan. 24, marking the fifth time this season the ‘Cats have knocked down at least eight trifectas. UNH’s most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse on Dec. 30, when the Wildcats drained a season-high 10 3-pointers. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) led the way knocking down a season-high four trifectas, while Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) each hit two apiece and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) each added a trey to the mix. For the Wildcats, it was the first time they drilled at least 10 3-pointers since draining 14 trifectas against Colgate on Dec. 5, 2008.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in nine rebounds against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 604 rebounds in her career, becoming one of just eight Wildcats all-time to tally at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in program history. Williams has tallied at least seven boards in eight of the last 10 games and currently leads the team with average of 6.8 rebounds per game.
PARTY OF FIVE
For the second time this season five Wildcats finished in double-figure scoring, as Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Kelley Flynn (Hopkinton, N.H.) led the way, netting 17 and 16 points, respectively, against Albany on Jan. 22. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) (14), Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) (12) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) (12) rounded out UNH’s double digit scorers. The last time the 'Cats had five players in double figures came in an 80-72 decision against Holy Cross College on Dec. 22. In that game, Beliveau led all scorers with 20 points and was followed by McDonald (18 points, six rebounds), Williams (15 points, nine rebounds), Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.; 10 points, 11 assists) and Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.; 10 points).
TOP OF THE WORLD
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) knocked down a 3-pointer on Jan. 16 against UMBC, giving her a program record 180 3-point field goals for her career. The impressive total passes Heidi Plencner’s all-time mark of 179 trifectas, a record she set in 2002. This season, Simpson has drilled 20 3-pointers, averaging 6.6 points per game. Last year, she notched 62 3-pointers, which was the best single-season mark in program history.
MOVING ON UP
After tallying 15 points against UMBC on Jan. 16, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.), moved to ninth all-time in program history in scoring. She currently has 1,132 points in her UNH career and needs 302 points to break into the top-5, a total that would tie Wildcat great Orsi Farkas’ all-time mark of 1,434 career points.
FOUR OF A KIND
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) and Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) led four Wildcats in double figure scoring, each netting 15 points apiece in UNH's 77-67 win over UMBC on Jan. 16. Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) rounded out UNH’s double-digit scorers, notching 14 and 12 points, respectively. For the Wildcats, it was the first time four 'Cats registered in double figures since their last meeting with the Retrievers on Feb. 8, 2009. In that game, Williams (19), Abigail LaRosa (Hampton, N.H.) (17), Wells (12) and Simpson (11) all reached double digit scoring.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) dropped in a team-high 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks against UMBC on Jan. 16, marking the second straight game she scored in double digits. In the game prior against Maine on Jan. 12, she torched the nets for a season-high 21 points, which was the most points the senior has scored since netting 21 against Stony Brook on Jan. 21, 2009. In addition to scoring 21 points against the Black Bears, Simpson also tallied three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
PASSING THE GREATS
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied three assists against Binghamton on Jan. 24, giving her 307 assists for her career, a mark that ranks 10th all-time in program history. This season she has compiled 101 assists, breaking her single-season career-high of 90 assists, which she set last season. Prior to the 2008-09 campaign, Simpson tallied 77 assists during the 2007-08 season and 39 assists in 2006-07.
DOING THE DISHES
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) has stepped up in her new role as point guard this season, notching the third-best assist total in the conference with 101. Against Louisville on Dec. 22, she tallied her second best assist total of the season, dishing out eight assists for the second time this year. In the game prior, she tied a career-high with 11 assists against Holy Cross College on Dec. 20. The last time she reached the 11-assist mark came against UMBC on Feb. 2, 2008. For her career, Simpson has tallied 307 assists, ranking her 10th all-time in program history. Simpson has been solid across the board for the ‘Cats this year, averaging 6.3 points, 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) netted 12 points against Binghamton on Jan. 24, making it the 22nd time in the last 26 games dating back to last year she has scored in double-figures. Against Louisville on Dec. 22, she notched a season-high 18 points for the third time this year. Her two other 18-point outings came in back-to-back efforts against Quinnipiac (Nov. 29) and Harvard (Nov. 24). During the 26 game span, she has tallied 22 points on two occasions, the latest coming in a 66-62 win over Albany at the SEFCU Arena on Feb. 28, 2009. Her other 22-point outburst came against defending conference champion Vermont on Feb. 22, 2009. Last year she posted double-figures in all 23 games to start the season, including back-to-back 25-plus point games. She had a career-high 27-point performance at Boston University (Jan. 17, 2009), then posted 26 at Stony Brook (Jan. 21, 2009). In 1998-99, Orsi Farkas posted double figures in all 31 games for the Wildcats.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) notched her second double-double of the season on Jan. 12 against Maine with 13 points and 11 rebounds. She notched her first double-double of the season on Nov. 24 against Harvard with 14 points and 14 rebounds. For the forward, it was her fourth career double-double as she also notched double digit efforts against Northeastern (22 pts, 10 rbs) on Dec. 15, 2007 and Binghamton (18 pts, 11 rbs) on Jan. 19, 2008. Prior to Beliveau's impressive outing, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) notched her first double-double of the season against Canisius College on Dec. 28 with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For Williams, the impressive mark comes as her 14th career double-double. Last season, the forward earned a conference-best 10 double-doubles. Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) also notched a double-double this season, tallying 10 points and a career-high 11 assists against Holy Cross on Dec. 20.
MAKE ROOM AT THE TOP
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) pulled in two boards against Stony Brook on Jan. 6, moving her to ninth all-time in career rebounds. The senior leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game, a total that currently ranks eighth in the conference. Williams has compiled at least seven rebounds in the last four games, including eight of the last 10 games. Her most impressive outing came against Canisius College on Dec. 28, when she tallied a season-high 11 rebounds. For her career she has compiled 618 boards.
WILDCAT BLOCK PARTY
The Wildcats currently rank second in the conference in blocks with 90, which is good for an average of 4.5 per game. Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) leads the way for the ‘Cats this season, notching 38 blocks, while Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) ranks second on the squad with 19.
Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) has tallied a team-high 23 3-point field goals this season, while shooting the fifth-best field goal percentage (.359) in the conference from beyond the arc. The success from downtown is a pleasant surprise for the guard, who knocked down just seven treys from 3-point range last season paired with a .194 shooting percentage. Wells is averaging 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season.
TICKLE THE TWINE
New Hampshire is shooting an impressive .393 clip from the floor this season, a mark that currently ranks fourth in the conference. UNH’s stellar marksmanship from the field comes after a season in which the ‘Cats shot 35.7 percent from the floor. The last time the Wildcats finished the season with a shooting clip above .390 was during the 2005-06 campaign, when they finished the year with a 39.1 shooting percentage.
RE-WRITING THE HISTORY BOOKS
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) ranks second in the conference in blocks with 38 this season, which is good for an average of 2.1 per game. She has been on an especially hot pace since the start of conference play, with an average of 2.2 blocks per game, a mark that ranks third in the America East. The center has notched a block in 13 of the last 14 games. Her most impressive outing came against then 23rd-ranked Syracuse Orange on Dec. 30, when she set the UNH single-game record for blocks with seven. Against Stony Brook on Jan. 6 she notched five blocks, marking the third time this season she has swatted at least five shots. The first time she reached the 5-block plateau came against Louisville on Dec. 22, which also marked the first time a Wildcat tallied at least five blocks in a game since Ray Williams reached the mark against Yale on Nov. 19, 2005. The quick start is nothing new for the junior, as she is picking up right where she left off last season, when she tallied the second best single-season block total in program history with 47. For her career, she ranks fourth all-time in blocks with 94.
With Amy Simpson's (Waterford, Conn.) 21-point outburst against Maine on Jan. 12, she has now scored in double figures in the last five meetings against the Black Bears. In that span, the guard has led the ‘Cats to a 4-1 record, while averaging 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.
AGAINST ALL ODDS
With UNH's 42-40 victory over Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats snapped a seven-game America East Conference losing streak against the Golden Griffins. Earlier this season, Canisius earned a pair of wins against America East opponents, with victories over Binghamton (49-46) and Albany (52-41). For New Hampshire, the win comes as the program's second in its last three meetings against Canisius College.
After rounding out non-conference play against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, UNH head coach Kristin Cole is off to her best start during her tenure at New Hampshire, leading the 'Cats to a 5-8 record in non-conference play to kick off the season. The impressive total comes as the most non-conference wins the Wildcats have earned since also tallying five wins during the 2006-07 campaign.
Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) tallied career-highs in points (18) and rebounds (9) against Louisville on Dec. 22. McDonald reached the 18-point mark in the game prior against Holy Cross, when she helped lead the 'Cats to an 80-72 victory. The success is nothing new for the junior center, as she is off to a stellar start this season, posting 9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game this year.
STEALING THE SHOW
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied her career-high with five steals against Seton Hall on Dec. 3, marking the third time she has reached the mark in her UNH career. It was also the first time a Wildcat compiled five steals in a game since Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) did so on Dec. 5, 2008 against Colgate. On the season, Beliveau has tallied multiple steals in a game 11 times for the Wildcats. She currently leads the team with 35 steals, with an average of 1.8 steals per game.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) tallied a steal against Dartmouth on Jan. 19, giving her 116 steals for her Wildcat career. The impressive total ranks 20th all-time in program history. The last Wildcat to break into the 100-steal club was Whitney Edwards, who played for the ‘Cats from 2003-07 and compiled 229 for her career, which ranks second all-time in program history. On the season, Simpson ranks second on team with 23 steals, averaging 1.2 per game.
So far this season the Wildcats have been playing stellar defense against some impressive company. They have held opponents to the second best defensive shooting percentage (.368) in the conference from the floor this year, while shooting an impressive .393 clip themselves. The fresh start comes against an A-10 (St. Joseph’s, UMass), an ACC (Maryland) and three Big East (Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse) programs, following a season in which opponents shot .404 from the field against the ‘Cats. Most recently against No. 23 Syracuse, the ‘Cats held the Orange to their second lowest offensive output this season, allowing just 58 points and forcing them to shoot just 31.5 percent from the floor. Against Canisius College on Dec. 28, the Wildcats held the Golden Griffins to .267 shooting and just 40 points, marks that are both team-highs. Against Quinnipiac on Nov. 29, New Hampshire held the Bobcats to just 29.5 percent shooting. In the game prior versus Harvard, the Wildcats kicked off the game playing stingy defense against the Crimson, holding them scoreless for the first 5:16 of the action and not allowing a field goal until the 8:44 mark. In UNH’s 58-57 win over UMass on Nov. 20, the Wildcats compiled a season-high 13 steals and forced a season-best 27 turnovers. In UNH’s matchup against No. 21 Maryland on Nov. 16, the ‘Cats pestered the Terps into shooting just .278 from the field, holding their offense to just 63 points, which was Maryland’s second lowest point total in the last 29 games dating back to last season. The only team to hold the Terps to an even lower point total was Louisville, who defeated Maryland 77-60 in the NCAA Elite Eight on March 30, 2009. Against St. Joe’s, the ‘Cats were just as impressive, holding the Hawks to just .277 shooting and a total of 56 points.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
After tallying 18 points and pulling down five rebounds against Louisville on Dec. 22, Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) became just the eleventh Wildcat to score over 1,000 points and compile 500 rebounds in program history. For her career she has compiled 1,132 points and 618 rebounds. The last 'Cat to achieve the feat was Danielle Clark in 2007, who finished her UNH career with 1,331 points and 579 rebounds. Kris Kinney tops the list, finishing her UNH career with 2,231 points and 897 rebounds after a four-year stint with the 'Cats from 1985-89.
IN THE CLUTCH
With UNH's 78-65 overtime victory over Harvard University on Nov. 24, the Wildcats have now won their last six decisions in overtime dating back to March 1, 2003, when UNH defeated Stony Brook 70-67 in the extra frame. Tuesday's win marks the largest margin of victory in overtime in program history. It is also UNH’s first win against Harvard since Dec. 29, 1999, when the Wildcats defeated the Crimson 70-58 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH's 58-57 win over UMass on Nov. 20 marked the first time the Wildcats knocked off two Atlantic-10 teams in the same season since the 1989-90 campaign. The 'Cats earned their first victory over an Atlantic-10 opponent this season on Nov. 13, when they defeated St. Joseph's University 64-56 at Lundholm Gymnasium. During the 1989-90 season, the Wildcats defeated Rhode Island 67-56 on Nov. 28 and earned a 66-60 win against UMass on Dec. 9 to complete the A-10 sweep in non-conference play.
In addition to her 21 points and nine rebounds in UNH's 64-56 win over St. Joseph's University on Nov. 13, Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) tied her career high in free throws made, knocking down 10-of-10 shots from the charity stripe. Included in that total are four tallies which came in the last two minutes of play to seal the victory for the 'Cats. It was the first time a Wildcat shot 100 percent from the foul line since Danielle Clark (12-12) did so on Nov. 26, 2006 against Iona. The last time Beliveau knocked down 10 free throws in a game came against Northeastern on Dec. 15, 2007. She finished that night with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
LAST TIME OUT
Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) dropped in 12 points apiece, but the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team fell to Binghamton University, 83-59, on Sunday evening at the Events Center.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 7-13 overall and 2-5 in America East play, while the Bearcats move to 7-13 and 3-4 in conference action.
Williams was chosen as New Hampshire’s America East Player of the Game, tallying seven rebounds and two assists. For Binghamton, Viive Rebane took home Player of the Game honors, netting a game-high 20 points, while tallying five assists and four steals.
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) scored eight points in the contest, becoming the 15th player in program history to record 1,000 points. With her impressive achievement, Simpson becomes the first Wildcat to tally 1,000 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in a career at UNH.
The ‘Cats drew first blood in the contest, as Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) sank a jumper giving UNH the early lead. However, it wouldn’t last long, as Binghamton put together a 19-9 run following the basket, holding a 19-11 advantage at 11:45.
Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) helped UNH get back on track as she drilled a 3-pointer and Williams buried a pair of free throws on ensuing possessions to cut the lead to three with the score 19-16 in favor of the home team with 10:52 remaining in the first frame.
Erica Carter came back with a 3-pointer of her own to snap the scoreless streak, but the ‘Cats were quick to rebuttal, as Reed layed the ball in on a put back to set the score at 22-18. Following the basket, Darryll Peterson sank two free throws, but it wouldn’t be enough to slow the pace of the Wildcats, as Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) layed the ball in off the glass to bring the score to 24-20 at 7:36.
The Bearcats responded stringing off eight unanswered points, until Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) drained a trifecta to break up the run, cutting the score to 32-23, with 4:46 left in the frame. Wells gave the ‘Cats another lift moments later as she stole the ball and took it the length of the court for a layup, capping off the 5-0 run.
Theodora Panteli snapped the run, netting a layup about minute later, helping spark an 8-2 run by the Bearcats to close out the frame, as Binghamton held a 40-27 advantage at the intermission.
The two squads tipped off the second half trading baskets, until Binghamton caught fire, netting eight unanswered points to jump ahead 59-38 with 12:28 to play. McDonald would break up the run, netting the second of two free throws at 11:37, but it wasn’t enough to ignite the ‘Cats as they scored just seven points over the course of the next 6:18. Meanwhile, the Bearcats posted 20 points in the same time span, holding their largest lead of the contest, with the score 79-46 with 5:19 remaining.
The ‘Cats would find their stroke late in the action, posting an 11-4 run to close out the game, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the Bearcats. Binghamton outscored the Wildcats 43 to 32 in the second stanza, while shooting a .567 clip from the floor and 45.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Wells notched 10 points and three steals for New Hampshire. In addition to netting a career-high 12 points, Reed finished with four rebounds and an assist.
Carter registered 18 points for Binghamton, notching three boards and a steal. Oria O’Reilly and Andrea Holmes rounded out BU’s double digit scorers, tallying 13 and 11 points, respectively.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) a senior guard on the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was honored as Player of the Week by the America East Conference on Dec. 21.
Simpson recorded 10 points and a career-high 11 assists to propel the Wildcats to an 80-72 victory Sunday afternoon against Holy Cross at Lundholm Gymnasium. Simpson also recorded two steals, two blocks, two rebounds and was one of five Wildcats in double digit scoring in the contest.
After trailing 37-33 at the half, Simpson ignited the ‘Cats with 15:37 remaining, sparking a 10-0 run by setting up Jill McDonald (Middlebury, Vt.) with a layup and scoring a basket of her own on ensuing possessions in a span of 2:37 to take a 49-39 lead. She then helped UNH build its largest lead of the game with a steal and a long outlet pass to Racheal Fowler (Glassboro, N.J.) for a layup, capped off with a 3-pointer by Simpson on the next possession to push the score to 71-56 in favor of the home team.
Scoring all of her 10 points in the second frame, Simpson helped the Wildcats outscore the Crusaders 47 to 35 in the stanza, as the team posted an impressive .615 percent shooting clip from the floor. Not to mention, the 80-point output by the ‘Cats is the largest point total posted by New Hampshire since it notched 85 points against UMBC on Jan. 10, 2009.
WILDCATS PICKED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
The University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team received 38 points to place fourth in the America East preseason poll that was released this afternoon by the conference.
The Wildcats finished last season in fifth place in the conference with an 8-23 record, including a 6-10 mark against America East opponents, after being picked seventh in last year’s preseason poll. New Hampshire’s 38-point total tied with Boston University, who is coming off an undefeated conference regular season and its first appearance in the postseason WNIT. UMBC finished followed closely behind UNH and BU, with 35 points in the sixth place spot.
Vermont, last year’s conference champion, is predicted to once again capture the title, receiving five first place votes and tallying 61 points. Hartford is selected to finish second with 60 points, garnering four first place votes in the poll. Binghamton is predicted to finish third, with 45 points.
Stony Brook University is slated to finish seventh (23 points), while the University of Maine (13) and the University at Albany (11 points) round out the final three spots in the poll.